There’s loads to see at Paxton Pits, especially if you’re patient. It’s a well-loved spot for bird watching, with many overwintering wildfowl and regular sightings of kingfishers – as well as the famous nightingales. But you’ll also see plenty of other evidence of a healthy ecosystem here, including elusive mammals such as otters and weasels, plus a wide range of wildflowers, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.

Visit our Latest Sightings Blog to see what’s been out and about most recently. For an idea of what you might see at different times of year, we’ve got a handy month-by-month guide. And if you spot anything yourself, please let us know what you’ve seen and where by writing in the sightings book at the visitor centre or by emailing Ranger Jim.


The most recent sightings from the blog:

  • Orange tip butterflyPlease look at the Friends' Website and the facebook page for updates about access and social distancing. To discourage gatherings of birders, sightings, especially of rarities, are being suppressed by all the usual sources of information like BirdLine and […]
  • CORONFebruary ended with the third big Atlantic storm of the month, bringing more high winds, but not as much rain as forecast. The river was at the top of it's banks at this point and all the lakes were pretty […]
  • February 1st: The mild weather continues. Spring weather has the song thrushes, robins and great tits singing and I even heard a chiffchaff at Stirtloe. Bumble bees were busy and the first pussy willow was bursting from it's buds at […]

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